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- WOMEX 2017
- WOMEX 2016
- WOMEX 2015
- WOMEX 2014
- WOMEX 2013
- WOMEX 2012
- WOMEX 2011
- WOMEX 2010
- WOMEX 2009
- WOMEX 2008
- WOMEX 2007
- WOMEX 2006
- WOMEX 2005
- WOMEX 2004
- WOMEX 2003
- WOMEX 2002
- WOMEX 2001
- WOMEX 2000
Birgit Ellinghaus has a long record of work in culture and music, supporting, recording, presenting and touring artists from all over the world. She has worked with exiled musicians, directed cultural centers and since 1989 she is a director of the arts management agency, alba KULTUR.
Since 1997 she has been active as a music publisher and producer and has released more than 25 international CDs on her own world music label 'Heaven and Earth'. As an advisor and expert she has worked with the NRW Ministry of Culture, German city councils, the Goethe Institute, the German UNESCO Commission and other public art institutions.
From 2012 - 2016 she servered as curator for the world music series 'Underway' of Berlin Philharmonics. Since 2016 she is the curator for the world music series at Frankfurt Old Opera House. She is the head of network for Klangkosmos NRW – the network of global music in the Rhine-Ruhr region in Germany (over 2200 concerts since the year 2000).
She served as jury member for BabelMedMusic 2011, 2012 and 2016, WOMEX 2014 and for the European Festival Label Award EFFE 2015 and in 2017.
She is a columnist for and member of the Advisory Board of the German music magazine 'Folker'.
Since 2013 Birgit is extraordinary member of the “Institut for World Music and Transcultural Studies IWTM” of “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln” and a mentor and/or lecturer for colleges and universities in cultural management programs.
Since 2009 she is appointed by the German UNESCO Commission as member of the Advisory Board for Cultural Diversity in the National Committee of Culture.